As you may (or more likely may not) know I am a contributor to the Trading Post... or I will be once I add something to the site. And to make things worse I haven't managed to contribute to any of the "Tavern Talk" articles that have been posted there to date.
Lucky for me a new question just come up!
"As we all know gamers are creatures of habit. This extends into the realms of our gaming, whether it be how we treat our dice to how we prepare for a game. Some place their dice with the 'six' up to "inspire" good luck, while others will not roll the same dice twice in a row. Some gamers have mascots for their armies - either a specific model or even a cuddly toy. So the question posed is; what are your gaming rituals?"Rituals are something I try to avoid in my day to day life. I already have OCD tendencies and I find myself getting stuck in "my ways" very easily when I encourage such things. Having said that... gaming has always been one area of my life where I have allowed myself some small obsessive pleasures, most of which relate to dice:
- Switching out my dice: I like to have multiple dice available (the same type and design is best) to switch out as needed - typically when a particular dice is "misbehaving" and rolling too low or too high too often.
- Changing die facings: This one is very closely related to my first ritual but usually comes before I switch to a different die. When placing my dice on the table I like to turn them so the 1 is not face up and the 6 is showing. Sometimes I will just turn it so the 1 is not facing up and call it a day.
- Replacing dice: If I was honest with myself (and had the disposable income) I would probably buy a new set of D6s every few months or so. As it is now I tend to just rotate through the several sets of different colored dice I have (although I do really want a set of Game Science D6 dice).
- Using themed dice: I like the colors of my dice to reflect some attribute of the models I am using or the game setting. I don't like goofy symbols so it has to be the color of the dice or the pips that get this across.
- Only one color at a time: The dice I am using have to be the same color unless I have no choice at all. When I played more tabletop RPGs I spent many hours getting together new sets of dice that all matched - D6, D8, D10, D12, D20.